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MVA to revitalize central Garapan

ONE of the major projects of the Marianas Visitor Authority is the revitalization of Garapan’s business and tourist district.

In her recent report to the MVA board, MVA product-development manager Tatiana Babauta said they have drafted a design to make Garapan streets more attractive.

In the implementation of the project, MVA Managing Director Chris Concepcion said a landscape architect will work  with the Office of Development and Planning headed by Kodep Ogumoro-Uludong.

For MVA’s other projects, Babauta said they are collaborating with the Legislature to ensure passage of  House Bill  20-154 introduced by Rep. Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero.

The bill, she added, will clarify and expand MVA’s statutory duties and enhance its promotional capabilities.

The bill will allow MVA to develop, construct, improve and maintain tourist sites and other facilities that will attract potential visitors.

Babauta said one of MVA’s ongoing projects is the installation of  the “Marianas” sign at Kilili Beach near the Veterans Memorial.

Marianas Visitors Authority product-development manager Tatiana Babauta presents upcoming and ongoing projects on Tinian and Rota to the MVA board.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoMarianas Visitors Authority product-development manager Tatiana Babauta presents upcoming and ongoing projects on Tinian and Rota to the MVA board. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

She said the Department of Public Lands and the Saipan Zoning Office have  approved the project.

As with the “Saipan” sign installed in Marpi, Babauta said “people can walk between the letters of the Marianas sign —  it is like an interactive sign.”

Regarding the Saipan sign in Marpi, MVA board member Jerry Tan suggested placing synthetic or artificial turf around it instead of grass to reduce the maintenance costs.

MVA board member Chris Nelson said they should develop the landscape around the Saipan sign and fill it in with sand and flowers.

Babauta said they will install similar signs for Tinian and Rota. On Rota, she said Mayor Efraim Atalig wants the sign, which will be installed at Teteto Beach, to be made of steel plates. On Tinian, the sign will be installed at Taga Beach.

Babauta said MVA is likewise working with a German company to develop a seven-foot 3D map of Saipan that will be displayed at the airport. Similar 3D maps will also be installed at the Rota and Tinian airports.

The Commonwealth Ports Authority has allowed MVA to erect, in the airport area, an 18-foot latte stone monument which will be covered with bougainvillea, Babauta said.